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Jess Shillaw


Jess was born in Kwazulu/Natal but grew up in Cape Town. Having an innate love for all things wild but getting to spend little time in the bush while growing up, she headed straight for the Lowveld after school. She completed a guiding ...

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on Some of the Most Spectacular Forests of the World

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Vin Beni
Master Tracker

In my diary for our 2023 visit!

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Jess, thanks for your wonderful blog about the rainforest .. There is always new information to be learned.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Great blog, excellent! The topic is huge but you managed to talk about those precious resources greatly

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Interesting article, Jess.
It is really a pity that the jungles and rainforests get damaged every day and the animals lose their habitats.
I would love to go to Congo, e.g., if it were not so dangerous and politically unstable.
I visited Borneo some years ago and everybody on the ship was disappointed because there were only tiny areas of rainforests left. Every day they transported huge amounts of wood down the river. Nothing left for the Orang Utas that had to live and were being fed in tiny areas so that some could survive.

Beth Shironaka

Hello, I read Jess Shillaw’s post today and enjoyed it. At the end of the post, she stated, “…Forest/jungles/woods store and capture more carbon than anything else…” This is not true, our oceans store and capture more. If the oceans die, we die…

Jane Retief Thomson
Digital Ranger

Thank you for a lovely blog Jess, my absolute favourite place at Londolozi is the Leadwood Forest; it brings joy to my heart and soul every time!

Jess Shillaw

Thank you, Jane! I love the Leadwood Forest too!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

This is a fantastic article on the subject of rainforests. It’s apparent that you put a great deal of time into researching and I appreciate that. Even though the Leadwood forest is not a rainforest, I agree that it truly is a magical place. The only time I’ve been in a rain forest is during a trip to Costa Rica, where I spent a day in a small boat, moving through the trees and river vegetation, whilst viewing a variety of birds, mammals and insects. I’d love to see more of these places, but now I keep returning to Africa….. Thank you Jess.

Jess Shillaw

Hi Denise! That sounds amazing!

Michael and Terri Klauber
Master Tracker

Jess, Thanks for providing us with a great comparison of all the different forests! We feel lucky to have experienced our favorite forest at Londolozi and we will just have to wait to see some of the other options you presented. Londolozi is our special place!

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Super article, thank you Jess

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

The leadwood forest is beautiful and the rain forest is very interesting with the different undergrowth growing there. All in all beautiful scenery.

Lisa Antell
Master Tracker

Love this! Might also add the mahogany forests in parts of South Luangwa, Zambia….. Many beautiful forests in the world….including the subarctic boreal forest too. Being out in the trees and forest is rejuvenating.

Jess Shillaw

Hi Lisa, I will have a look at the Mahogany Forests! Thank you for the suggestion!

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